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2009

Some New Observations on 'Because (of)'

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Some New Observations on 'Because (of)'
Because (of) is ambiguous between a `reason' and a `plain cause' interpretation. Presenting a semantic analysis within the framework of Discourse Representation Theory, I argue that because (of) always denotes a causal relation between causing facts and caused entites of various sorts and that its interpretational variance is dependent on the ontological nature of the caused entity. Finally, I point to a difference between sentential-complement because and nominal-complement because of with regard to their interaction with modals. Whereas both because and because of may outscope e.g. deontic necessity modals, only because may outscope epistemic modal operators.
Torgrim Solstad
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Updated 16 Feb 2011
Type Journal
Year 2009
Where AMSTERDAM
Authors Torgrim Solstad
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